To Jeremiah Olney
September 29th 1792
I am to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 18th of August last, relative to seven Puncheons of Foreign Spirits entered at the Custom House in Providence by Arnold Rhodes, Master of the Sloop Bacon from Washington in North Carolina.
I have therefore to request, that you will concur with the Supervisor of Rhode Island (who has been instructed for that purpose by the Commissioner of the Revenue)1 in making an immediate examination into the matter in question, and if it shall appear to your mutual satisfaction, that there are no other unfavorable circumstances than a deficiency of particular certificates; you are hereby authorized to release the Spirits, transmitting however to this Office, a joint opinion on the Subject, respectively subscribed by yourself and the said Supervisor.
I am with consideration Sir Your most Obedient Servant
Jeremiah Olney Esquire
Collector of Providence
LS, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Providence, National Archives.
1. Tench Coxe wrote to John S. Dexter concerning this matter on September 27, 1792 (LC, RG 58, Letters of Commissioner of Revenue, 1792–1793, National Archives)